Pakistan wants to fortify relations with UK, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said Pakistan greatly values its friendly ties with United Kingdom and desires to further strengthen these relations.

Talking during a meeting with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the Interior Minister said Pakistan and United Kingdom have shared policy on various issues as there exists multifaceted cooperation between both countries, said a press release.

Discussing regional situation, the Interior Minister said that the present government has a very clear view regarding peace in the region and having friendly relations with the neighboring countries but unfortunately the same has not been reciprocated from the other side.

India, he said, is trying to sabotage the efforts for peace on one pretext or the other and is putting regional security and stability at stake.

He said it is a strange logic by India that neither the core issue should be discussed nor Kashmir be mentioned and no consultation with Kashmiri leaders should be held.

This, he said is unacceptable to Pakistan and is the major hurdle in efforts towards peace in the region.

Speaking on Afghanistan, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistani  government and its security institutions have made the impossible as possible by facilitating dialogue for peace in Afghanistan.

But we are concerned that regional countries and international community have not shown positive response towards our efforts, he said.

Unjustified and unnecessary criticism on Pakistan is not acceptable to us, he added.

The Minister said Pakistan would continue its efforts for peace in the region but would never accept any hegemony or dominance.

The Interior Minister said other countries need to avoid blaming Pakistan for their own weaknesses and negligence.

Similarly India must understand that the dialogue process cannot proceed further without discussions on the issue of Kashmir.

Without furthering dialogue there can be no peace in the region, said the Interior Minister.

Ch. Nisar said the government and the people of Pakistan desire peace and appreciate the cooperation of International community especially the friendly countries in this regard.

Pakistani High Commissioner in United Kingdom and senior officials from British Foreign Office were also present during the meeting.

UK Foreign Secretary agreed to the point of view of the Interior Minister.

He said Pakistan and UK have special relations and there is no room for any misunderstanding in our bilateral relations nor will we allow any misunderstanding to affect our relations.

Philip Hammond appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region and said we appreciate Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision for peace.

He especially appreciated Pakistan’s contributions towards facilitating dialogue process in Afghanistan.

He expressed the hope that dialogue process in Afghanistan would not be affected and this process would further proceed. In this context he assured UK’s full cooperation and support.

UK Foreign Secretary expressed concern over suspension of dialogue process between India and Pakistan. He said UK reiterates that India and Pakistan should resolve all their issues at the negotiating table.

Registration of NGOs, mutual cooperation in the fight against terrorism and other matters of mutual cooperation were also discussed during the meeting. There was complete unanimity of views over all these issues.

Source: APP